Summer is the ideal time to walk outside. Whether you’re crossing Abby Road or your local road, it’s where you cross that matters. Remember to cross at the crosswalk. It’s where pedestrians can cross safely and best be seen by motorists.
Pedestrians Have the Right of Way at Crosswalks!
On New Jersey roads, pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. New Jersey law requires motorists to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalks. Failing to do so can result in a fine up to $200, points on your license or both. Pedestrians also have a responsibility under the stop and stay stopped law; they can be fined $54 for jaywalking or not crossing at the corner.
Need another reason to cross safely? Pedestrian Fatalities are increasing.
Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise nationwide. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows they climbed 3% in 2011 from a year earlier to 4,432, even as driving fatalities fell for a sixth straight year. New Jersey is following the national trend with 72 pedestrian fatalities to date this year according to the New Jersey State Police.
Visit our pedestrian safety page for a list of pedestrian safety tips to share with family, friends and co-workers or contact us to schedule a free pedestrian safety program at your office or group meeting.